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How to reduce macOS usage of substantial portion of hard disk space for storing iCloud documents

I have a MacBook Pro 256 GB SSD(Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)running Mac OS Big Sur but this issue goes beyond these specs. I have a 2TB iCloud Storage plan, of which 1.54 TB is available. Out of the ...
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It says I've got about 3 GB and it won't let me download something for 2.2 GB. Why is it saying this and how do I successfully download it?

It says I've got about 3 GB on my mac but when I try to get iMovie from the App Store (something that takes 2.2 GB) it says I do not have enough room on my Mac. I am using an Apple Macintosh Macbook ...
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What determines the limit on voicemail storage on an iPhone 7?

My iPhone 7 stopped taking voicemails. I dialed it from a different number and got the automated message, "voice mailbox is full." I contacted my carrier, Credo Mobile, and they explained ...
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Finder showing inconsistent sizes

On Mojave macOS, Finder here says that I am using 72 gigs of space. But when I open my HD it all adds up to about 42 gigs. Which is size of the system folder as shown in About This Mac, however, here ...
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Is there there an iOS equivalent of Android's “Delete app storage”?

For many years Android has had a function which allows one to wipe a certain app's data by going to Settings -> Apps -> (select app) -> erase app storage. Most of the time, this will reset ...
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What folders can I delete from Mac's “Updates” folder?

I have currently run out of space on my mac for any new updates. I've been using OmniDiskSweeper to find the culprits of my space issue, and I found that Library/Updates is taking up 19.1GB, so I'm ...
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Photos not backed up to iCloud even though I have space

My iPhone 11 says that 577 of my photos have not been uploaded to iCloud because there is not enough space. However when I go to Settings > iCloud it says that I have only used 35.6 of 50 GB of the ...
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Deleting files doesn't free storage on SSD

Recently my MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) with 251 GB Flash Storage and Mac OS Catalina 10.15.7 started complaining about not enough space left on the hard disk. So I started deleting ...
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Storage in /System/Volumes/Data doesn't add up (“Other” taking a lot)

I'm confused by the storage stats. I have a macOS Big Sur under APFS (~736 Gi with 578 Gi used) and also a BootCamp Windows (~189 Gi with ~143 Gi used) alongside. "System Information" says I ...
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Recently deleted folder empty but takes up space?

I have an Iphone XR with IOS 14.2 I emptied my recently deleted folder multiple times but it still takes up space. Does anyone know how to solve this issue?
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Where does Mac Messages store older Attachments?

I'm looking for one specific photograph, a jpg taken on my iPhone, which I know was sent to my partner over Messages, towards the end of 2019. I don't have it in what used to be Camera Roll on the ...
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Storage devices that work with both iPad and iMac

I currently have a problem that my grandparents have an old Mac Mini (2007 or so) which is no longer fit for use. They generally just use an iPad now for all of their internetting/computing needs, ...
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iCloud Drive on Mac is taking up space on HD

I am trying to clear space on my hard drive. I scan a lot of negatives that come in as super high res tiff files that take up a ton of space. I'm trying to move all of the negative scans to my iCloud ...
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How to use Jupyter Notebook with iCloud storage to read a data set?

I am trying to work with a very large dataset in my Mac. The storage space on my Mac was not enough, so I bought 50 GB of iCloud storage. But I don't know how to use it. I still cannot download data ...
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iMovie doesn't appear to be able to use all the available space on iPad

When trying to save a 15-minute movie from iMovie in order to upload it in the YouTube app, I frequently get the message "Storage Full: There is not enough space left on this device. You cannot ...
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Partially redeem Apple Gift Card on App Store

After using £200 of the value of my Apple Gift Card in the apple retail outlet(physical shop), I now have a balance of £500 of which I'd like to put £100 of that towards my App Store credits so I can ...
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Trying to pair led panel with Iphone

This is a bit of a wild one. I have an led panel which can connect via 2.4ghz to a dedicated remote. I want to know if I can force my iphone to connect to that panel, then connect it to a smart app (...
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Saving space by thinning universal intel/arm binaries

I have no ARM CPUs on any of my laptops or desktops. If ever I get a computer new enough, it will already have all the binaries it needs or will get them from updates. So there is no justification ...
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How much video can you record on a 64 GB iPhone 12?

I’m considering a phone upgrade, but don’t really need a lot of storage. Approximately, how much of different resolutions video, can one record onto a 64GB iPhone 12? How many minutes of video would a ...
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How much space does a mac os update occupy after installation?

I am currently running mac OS Catalina 10.15.3 and I want to update to Big Sur, however, it needs a lot of space and I am actually limited on space as I have a 128 GBs laptop (big mistake, I know), my ...
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Is it ever possible for a disk/volume to be mounted anywhere other than in /Volumes?

It seems that under macOS that all disks of every type will always be mounted under /Volumes. (Except, of course, for the boot drive which will always be mounted at /.) But is this just the case under ...
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Unable to figure out required (to be deleted) Documents as information is not consistent

I am trying to free up some space (around 20GB) in order to install Big Sur on my 2019 Air, 128GB. Under Storage Management, I select Documents that are shown to occupy 36GB of space. However, there ...
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Is there a way to set iCloud to keep enough SSD space on Macbook Air?

I am using a Macbook Air 2020 with a 250 GB SSD running Catalina and I keep running out of hard drive space, despite having about 60 GB available on iCloud. There's about a 35 GB difference, which I ...
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What are the best practices for moving macOS App(s) to an external drive?

I'd like to free up space on my mac's internal HD. I currently run with no external HDs. Seems like one option is to selectively move one or more apps (that I don't use very much), along with their ...
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Disk Utility says Bootcamp partition has storage left but in Windows, the C: disk says there is no volume left?

I partitioned 42GB for bootcamp and the windows system is about 17GB, I have one game on it plus Steam which combined with system files makes up to 34.1, and disk utility says I have 8.6GB free but ...
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127 million bytes but 204MB on disk? [duplicate]

Am I missing something basic or is this a bug ?
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How do I clean up image thumbnail cache on 10.12 Sierra?

I want to know how to clean up image thumbnail cache on MacOS 10.12 Sierra. Specifically: The system cache (if any) Cache for applications: XnView MP (if any) Gimp (if any) Now I understand none of ...
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Why is “Other” storage in iPhone 8 taking up over 50 GB?

I tried resetting my iPhone 8 by selecting "Erase All Content and Settings", but for some reason, when I check my storage after, "Other" is taking up 50GB??? I haven't even backed ...
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iCloud: Can I control how much space “Optimise Mac Storage” tries to leave on the local machine?

When using "Optimize Mac Storage" for iCloud drive, how much space does iCloud try to leave on the machine? Is there anyway to adjust the amount of storage space that it leaves as it ...
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Trash moved to Other, wasn't removed

I had 30 GB of trash (UnrealEngine4) and when I emptied it, it only took a second and it all became part of Other in About this Mac - Storage. I was looking at it, before it was 30GB in Trash, and ...
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I have a 50 GB storage plan for a previous phone that I still pay for. How do I make it cover my new phone?

I had an iPhone now I have a Samsung. I am still paying for my storage plan for the iPhone. How do I get my new phone covered with this plan?
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iCloud storage issues

I have lost all my stored messages on my Hotmail account having been advised to delete the app icon which was being problematical. I was then advised to go to the App Store and upload the Outlook icon,...
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Why are other and system storage taking up so much space? and how do I clear it [duplicate]

I deleted all caches from Finder/Library/Caches and that barely did anything, how do I clean this up? please help
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Does anyone REALLY knows what does Other actually contains on a Mac and how to clear it? [duplicate]

Please, don't mark this post as a duplicate! I already checked all the same posts about this topic on this website and can say that all answers really answer nothing. I have 256gb SSD, and 85 (!!!) of ...
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How to determine wasted space by large chunk size on macOS RAID array?

Working on a system that was created with a macOS RAID array with 256k chunk size for the members. The drive was originally to be used for video and image editing and storage, but has now become a ...
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Is installing Xcode necessary?

I installed Xcode 12.2 on my MBP. I installed it from App Store and it's 28 gb, while my Mac only has a SSD of 128gb. I use vscode for all my c/c++ programs so is there a need for me to keep Xcode on ...
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Why does iCloud Drive take up almost 2 GB of my iPhone storage?

On my iPhone (iOS 14.1), in Settings > General > iPhone Storage, iCloud Drive is fifth in the list of storage space, at 1.84 GB. When I tap on it, it just tells me that "Documents & ...
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Unable to merge internal storage on Mac

I got a Macbook Pro back in mid-2015. Recently when I tried to used it again I saw that only ~300GBs of my 512GBs of storage is available. I couldn't even identify the rest of storage until I named it....
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How to free up space and see remaining storage? [duplicate]

Firstly, I seemed to have messed something up in the About This Mac storage tab as I can't see the remaining storage.as seen in this picture. And while I'm at it, what is the best way to free up ...
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100GB of system data

I was trying to update my iPhone with iOS 14.1 I was told that I didn't have enough storage left, I was very surprised since I'm using about 10 of my 128 gigabytes available After investigation, it ...
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Can I delete files in /Library/Containers/com.apple.mail/Data/Library/Logs?

My MacBook is becoming unstable due to limited disk space the major culprit for which is a mysterious category called "Other". Poking around a bit (a lot actually) I find that I have over ...
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Can I share my 2TB iCloud storage with my family, using an *individual* Apple One plan?

Prior to Apple One, I was able to share my 2TB of iCloud share with my family; however it seems if I were to switch to Apple One, then I need to opt for Apple One's family option, rather than the ...
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I tried to free up storage on Macbook air I had 23.11 GB Free and now 12.3GB is listed as available - What the heck?

I have been trying to download XCODE on the appstore but kept getting a message that I did not have enough disk space (although the app states it only needs 11GB to install). I spent several hours ...
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Folder in iCloud that stores files only in cloud but doesn't sync with Mac

I'm new to the ecosystem with my new MacBook Pro and I have a question about iCloud storage. I don't have a large SSD so I hope to use my iCloud for files, that's why I subscribed to some storage too. ...
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Find all “Other” Files

How do I find any and all delete-able files on my Mac that are classified as other? My brother installed games on my computer, and even after clearing out "Downloads" and deleting the game ...
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82GB of “other” don't appear in OmniDiskSweeper or Freediskspace

I have a new MacBook Pro 13' where I installed a few programs and transferred my files from my previous MacBook. However, my SSD is already almost full, according to the settings (only 12.64GB left). ...
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How can I monitor MacBook USB bandwidth?

I have a late 2017 MacBook with the latest Catalina. Using two Anker USB extenders, I have devices in pretty much every port, including six large external hard drives, a webcam and an external SD card....
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What could be taking up 100GB+ storage in Other or how to find what is? [duplicate]

What could be taking up 100GB+ of storage in "Other" section? How can I find out? How can I reduce it? I ended up removing a lot of unused SDKs and cachces under ~/Library but even then that ...
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macbook pro 2017 storage problem [duplicate]

so basically i dont know whats going on with my mac. please look at the images bellow. there are several problems with this picture. first, adding up storage volume of my drives is 104gig and 121 - ...
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Other Mac storage taking up 90GB! Help!

I currently have other storage around 90GB on a 120GB internal drive so pretty much all of it. I have optimised to iCloud and deleted all large extra files and documents etc. However, on the ...

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